• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Gum Tree Lodge
This Kimbeley backpackers lodge offers budget accommodation in extensive well wooded grounds.
(Kimberley,Northern Cape)

Mtentu River Lodge
Mtentu River Lodge lies in an isolated part of the Wild Coast between Port St Johns and Port Shepstone.
(Addo Elephant Park,Wild Coast)

Dianne Lang Children's Home
A genuine opportunity to volunteer and help children in need. You don't pay anything except your own costs, there is no placement fee or any other kind of fee to be paid.
(Graaff-Reinet,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Atlantic Point Backpackers
Cape Town's newest backpacking hostel, which is close to the Waterfront.
(Green Point,Cape Town)

Adventure Lodge
Close to town and 10 minutes from Victoria Falls, this Zimbabwean backpackers is a great place to enjoy the local activities and adventures.
(Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe and Zambia)

Cullinan Backpackers
Cullinan Backpackers is a great place to chill after a busy day, meet other travellers or enjoy an array of adventures in Pretoria.
(Pretoria City,Pretoria)

African Heart

(Observatory,Cape Town)

Zebra Moon
This is a great backpackers where you can discover some country charm whilst in Greyton.
(Greyton Overberg,Overberg )

Johannesburg Backpackers
This dedicated backpackers in Joburg organises everything from car hire to safaris.
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Tom Cats Safari Inn
Conveniently located at the start of a Private Reserve.
(Hoedspruit,Limpopo)